Thursday, August 18, 2011

Inviting 3+1 Bedroom Backsplit Located on a Choice Waterloo Crescent

                            This home blends family convenience with the entertainer's paradise! 

Dining area features a second walkout to covered side deck, ideal for barbecuing regardless of weather. Rear yard features a gas bbq hookup.

Open concept kitchen/dining which overlooks the rec room. Bright and airy due to the vaulted ceilings throughout the main level. Kitchen also features a breakfast bar, lots of cupboard and counter space, and includes all appliances.

Easy access to the yard from the rec room walkout, where you can watch movies at night in front of the gas fireplace.

Vacation in your own backyard, complete with heated in-ground pool with slide, hot tub & deck/patio for watching all the activities.

MLS 1134573

More details and pictures at http://www.soldbyjulie.ca/

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (April 5, 2011) –Sales of residential properties via the Multiple Listing System (MLS®) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) ran slightly above the five-year average for the first quarter.

During the first quarter of 2011, there were a total of 1474 home sales, 10.4 percent below last year’s record for the same period.

“Residential real estate sales in the area continue to perform well,” says George Patton, President of KWAR. “We’ve not set any records yet this year, but a stable market is a good market.”

Home sales for the month of March totalled 608 units, 15.4 percent lower than the same month a year ago —also a record breaking period. Of those sales, there were 385 single detached homes, 116 condominium units, 61 semi-detached and 40 freehold townhouses.

Patton says he is paying attention to see what effect the recent mortgage rate increases by several of Canada’s big banks will mean for the typically busy spring real estate market. “By historical standards, mortgage rates are still pretty low,” he said. “With the economy continuing to strengthen, the housing market should stay balanced.”

While the most popular price range selling in March of last year was in the $225,000 to $250,000 category, making up 16.7% of the residential market, this month’s sales activity shifted to the higher price ranges, with nearly 15% of sales occurring in the $300,000 to $350,000 price range.

This has pushed the average sales price for all residential properties in the month of March up 5.4% to $298,671 compared with the same month a year ago. However, on a year-to-date basis, the average sale price has increased more gradually with a one percent increase to $290,148 relative to last year.
Source: Kitchener-Waterloo Real Estate Board

Questions about the Spring Real Estate Market? 519-742-5800 ext 2214

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lovely Top Floor Condo In Preston

Elegant Living Room


Many updates in this beautiful condo with neutral colours throughout, perfect location for professionals or active adults. Easy access to 401, shopping, transit and walking trails along the river behind the condo.

Enjoy the morning sun in the spacious living room with newer carpet.  Let your living space spill outdoors with the large screened balcony with newer outdoor carpet. 

Spa-Like Bathroom
Condo building features indoor heated parking with large personal storage/workshop area.

Condo fees include heat AND water!


MLS 1114333

More Details and Pictures at http://www.soldbyjulie.ca/

Good Sized Master Bedroom

End Unit Condo Ideal for 1st Time Buyers or Investors

End unit condo in beautiful Pioneer Park: great opportunity for 1st time buyers or investor (Conestoga College nearby)!

Walkout from bright, open concept living room to private, fully fenced yard backing onto greenspace and walking trails by the river.

3 bedrooms upstairs PLUS an office on the lower level, complete with insulated interior walls (quiet).

GREEN incentives: attic insulation recently upgraded to an R-value of R-50, newer low-flow toilet installed in main floor powder room!
Main bathroom features relaxing soaker tub and convenient slide-out storage under sink.

MLS 1114401

Additional Details and Photos at http://www.soldbyjulie.ca/

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

NEW: Coldwell Banker Website and QR Codes

Welcome to my first blog!!!

I want to draw attention to Coldwell Banker's new national website - it uses cutting edge technology called BlueScape Search.  This feature allows users to find their 'dream home' in a whole new way. To try it click the image below and either 'like' or 'dislike' various images to get your results:

Another cutting edge technology that I'm embracing is the use of QR Codes in real estate.  In case you haven't come across them yet they are barcodes that are readable by software on the new smartphones.  I'm telling you.. they will soon be EVERYWHERE. I am starting to see them used by manufacturers in magazines, on the back of business cards, on products.. EVERYWHERE! 

I am going to start using them to market properties and place on each listing and feature sheets. Imagine a buyer finding that special home during an open house, he could scan the property specific QR Code with his smartphone and forward the details and pictures online to a second party for immediate feedback.

Here is an example that you can try if you have the appropriate software and of course a smartphone:

It goes to my website of course.

Stay tuned for my soon-to-be-posted video blogs!

That's all for now - thanks for reading.

Julie Schmidt | Sales Representative | Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty, Brokerage | 519-742-5800

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